Premier Figuier is very aptly named, since it was the very first fig fragrance to become available on the market. It was created by Olivia Giacobetti, who also crafted that other famous fig fragrance, Philosykos. She certainly knows what she’s doing when it comes to fig notes because both Philosykos and Premier Figuier have stood the test of time. L’Artisan now refers to Premier Figuier as a “benchmark” fig scent, and they offer it in an EdT and an extrême format. I have yet to sample the extrême, so this write-up will just focus on the EdT.
Premier Figuier opens with bright green notes of fig leaf, quite similar to Philosykos. But I don’t want this write-up to become just a comparison to Philosykos and, luckily, Premier Figuier takes a different approach pretty quickly. A creamy coconut note appears a few minutes after the green opening, which adds a texture and a sweetness to balance out the stark leafy green notes.
I would have expected the almond milk note to add to the creamy texture introduced by the coconut. Instead, I find that the almond note has a slightly powdery texture. It’s not overly done, and it’s definitely not enough to make this a cosmetic-type scent. The almond adds a delicate softness to the central leafy green notes, and Premier Figuier takes on a resemblance to a cashmere cloud. The scent is extremely pretty at this stage, and it has moderate projection, so it’s not too delicate.
Unfortunately, the Premier Figuier EdT doesn’t have great longevity on my skin, which is why I definitely need to try the extrême. The scent heads into the woody dry down between the 3-4 hour mark, when I’m still in the mood to bask in the gorgeous cloud of soft green notes. But the sandalwood in the dry down is very nice. It adds just enough texture to anchor that creamy note that has stuck around, but it’s not too overpowering. I can detect a dry fruit note, as though the figs have been dried in the sun. It’s enough to balance out the sandalwood and keep this fragrance focused on the fig note.
Overall, I find Premier Figuier very pretty and a little bit dreamy. It feels more romantic to me than Philosykos, which pitches its green notes in a more sharp and realistic way. Premier Figuier has a lot of texture to it, and that helps round out what could be some rough edges. I enjoy both of these fig scents, but they reflect different moods. Premier Figuier could almost be a comfort scent with its lovely creamy and powdery notes. My next goal is to sample the Premier Figuier Extrême and see if that changes my opinion at all.
(I said I didn’t want to make this write-up a simple comparison between Premier Figuier and Philosykos, but I ended up comparing them anyway! I guess it’s just too tempting when the same person composes scents on the same theme.)
Premier Figuier is available from L’Artisan’s website. L’Artisan fragrances are available at Barney’s New York, and they are starting to become available at Sephora. Samples and full bottles are also available from Luckyscent, which is where I got my sample.
The image is from Luckyscent, while the info on notes is from L’Artisan. For what it’s worth, Fragrantica has a different list of notes for this fragrance. But I decided to go with L’Artisan’s official take on the notes.